Thursday February 4, 2016
Performance Arcade From left, chief executive of Sustainability Trust, Philip Squire, chief executive of Wellington Zoo, Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo conservation manager, Daniela Biaggio, and Sustainability Trust energy performance specialist and business developer, Jonathan Parker.
Going solar at Wellington Zoo Wellington Zoo is taking the next step to further reducing carbon emissions by installing 48 new solar panels. On February 1, monocrystalline PV modules will be installed on the zoo’s front entrance building. The installation of these solar panels will save the zoo the same amount of power used by one and a half average households per year. Chief executive Karen Fifield said as a conservation organisation, the zoo worked hard to save animals in the wild and worked towards reducing the effects of climate change, which was a major threat to wildlife worldwide. “Reducing our carbon emissions is important to minimising our impact on climate and protecting our environment from further harm.” The initiative follows many other actions Wellington Zoo has taken to reduce its
carbon footprint, such as large scale composting and waste reduction and collecting over 300,000 litres of rain water each year. “We’re proud to showcase our environmentally conscious practices to our community. “We’ve been sharing our sustainability journey with visitors to show how choices each person makes at home and at work can help to reduce their own carbon footprint.” The installation of the zoo’s solar panels was managed by the Sustainability Trust, she said. Wellington Zoo became the world’s first carboNZero certified zoo in May 2013, after a five year programme of emissions reductions. Since first achieving certification, Wellington Zoo has reduced emissions by ten tonnes.
The Performance Arcade is an annual Live Art mini-festival and programme of free events located on Wellington Waterfront. Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, the Arcade creates a string of spaces for installation,
performance art, sonic art, audio-visual art, interactive media, culinary art and live music. The Performance Arcade will take place from March 2 to 6. For more information head to www.performancearcade.com
Earthquake A large quake centred north of New Zealand rattled the North Island on Tuesday morning. The 6.6 magnitude quake, struck 850km north of Whakatane,
CROSS THE ROAD WITH A CLEAR HEAD Leave your distractions at the kerb Think. Look. Cross.
at a depth of 366km, GeoNet said. On the GeoNet website 249 people reported feeling the quake, which was described as “moderate”.
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